Forming "Groups" Around a Hunch - Allow Users to Choose Who Sees Their Hunch
What about giving users the ability to choose who sees their hunch? You could "invite" other users to view your hunch and form a "group" around a particular hunch or idea.
If you think about Steven Johnson's "coffee shop" or "liquid network" pattern of innovation, it might make sense to structure SlowHunch with this ability.
For example, if you're in a coffee shop, you don't shout your hunch to everybody in the room. Instead, you join a small group of people around a table. That group becomes a "brain trust" - your "inner circle" to help move your hunch forward.
Other hunches, of course, could be fully public. These could be product / idea "tests" where you need the input of as many users as possible. You might want to throw a design idea into the public "stream" and have users vote on it.
I think permissions will play a big role in Slow Hunch. Not only does it insulate information while it's being developed, it could make new users feel more comfortable about using the site to develop ideas.
Finally, this enables "networking" within the site. You could hand-pick experts from diverse backgrounds to help with your hunch.
Two used for the private Hunch Bunch – one is a format of a Harkness Table
http://www.exeter.edu/admissions/147_15689.aspx#id=The Harkness Table&num=1
where everyone comes to the discussion ready to dive into the topic. The hunch sponsor “facilitates” and the others contribute. You could also use an closed form of the Open IDEO http://vimeo.com/13707896 method.
The second use is to evaluate half baked hunches to see if they are ready to press on to the development phase in a short of Shark Tank process where you get feedback from resource gate keepers ( the money folks).
These are two excellent resources. It seems like the IDEO process is very formalized. It might be more rigid than we want, but could be a good model in some areas. I think the simpler the system, the more flexible it is. Therefore, more powerful. ( God, I've gotta make this response box much taller...I'll do that in a bit.)